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The Rock People
Scenes from the Fall Line

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Photographs from several locations along the fall line of the James River in the heart of Richmond, Virginia. The project began in 2008 and is ongoing.

There are many reasons I go to the falls of the James. As a photographer, I consider myself primarily an observer of nature.

For 'The Rock People’ project, I turn my camera to the observers; the others, like me, who go down to the rocks and who, like me, find refreshment and renewal on the river.

We rock people are a diverse group, but we are connected in spirit by our love of the falls. It’s a place that is also a state of mind. We become the children of nature. We play. We climb the boulders, hop the rocks, swim in the pools and ride the currents. Often we can be seen alone or in pairs doing nothing. We share the understanding that this is a place where the important activity of doing nothing comes easy.

It is a place where negative ions abound - released into the air as water tumbles through fields of rocks calming the spirit and energizing the body with wellbeing.


To the ones who are drawn to the beauty, the solitude, the untamed. To the ones who are lifted by the experience of the river where it collides with giant boulders in an ancient dance of currents, waterfalls, eddies and pools.

To the ones who come to the rocks...

to walk

to meditate

to play

to listen

to find inspiration

to cool their bodies on a hot day

to feel the flow and understand its power

to walk dogs and delight in their exuberance

to worship

to read

to picnic

to love

to take their children to a free place to experience wonder; a place that sparks exploration and imagination; a place where they can be themselves completely - animated and joyful; a place where they are free to commune with nature and begin to understand the meaning of interconnectedness.

These are a few of Richmond's rock people.


To learn more about the fall line of the James, visit the James River Park System website.

Please help take care of the river.
Please don't litter.

© 2017 Jere Kittle